How many of you just finished a binge tonight/day? How many of you just stuffed yourself until your stomach is not only bloating in the front but in the back as well? How many of you are sitting at the computer desk/laptop feeling really stuffed and uncomfortable and even a little bit guilty and is trying to jump on the forums or research health stuff to get your mind off the binge or to help sooth yourself? I am. I don't know... nothing triggered this binge. Fine day, but it's just stuck in my mindset to compulsively eat some times. I bought a box of cereal today...trusting myself...that i can have it last for the next week or 2. Didn't happen though...ate more then half of it tonight. I even let myself not be so strict and bought the high cal granola cereal. I knew i could trust myself, i knew everything was going to be okay. Yet its 12:33am.....just ate almost the whole box AFTER a big bowl of spaghetti w/ 2 pieces of WHITE bread, some chocolate, and nuts and raisins.. It's like i only feel full when i'm bloated. Like it's not enough food unless i'm bloated. I know this isn't right. I'm not overweight, but boy am i sure worried that if I can't alter my way of thinking and my behavior around food then within the next year i'll be quite heavy..any one have any thoughts or ideas?
The whole eat more throughout the day doesn't work
Eating more protein doesn't work..
Eating more veggies doesn't work..
forcing myself to go to sleep early might work..but who wants to live their life sleeping? There has to be another method, my therapist isn't helping. I am reading A LOT Of self help books...i am on different forums practically every time i binge. I just can't get a grip on this and i wish on as many stars as possible that I will overcome this soon. I am treating myself unfair but during the spur of the moment I don't think about it being horrible. I don't even think of it as wrong, so its very hard to stop...(that is until i have a stomach pain from being too full which tends to last for 14 hrs..) This is just hell. This is a hell i'm living in
Keep low sodium, low calorie soups on hand for when you just NEED to consume that extra something. It's really a mental thing but when you have something easy and ready to munch on it's always just to easy to grab it. I would try to wing yourself away from that but I know its hard. Living with the family is tough for me. I'll eat my healthy meal but knowing there is just leftover hamburger helper everyone else ate I will just walk in there and chomp it down, just because its there. It's tough to rid the habbit, just keep healthier alternatives readily available.
You are better off downing a can of chicken noodle and a few bottles of water for that full feeling rather than pasta's and cereals with loads of calories and not much else.
It /is/ hell. I know it well. I agree with you. Nothing is ever enough- protein, fiber, therapy, fat pics on the fridge.
Lucky for me, today wasnt bad... my first not bad day in two months, though.
More and more food is running my life.. Or more accurately, my fat roll and 32% BMI are really calling the shots....
Cant help, but wanted to reach out and say that I do understand... ugh!
I feel you. I was so close to taking my fiance's car after he fell asleep and going on a food run last night but somehow I stopped, after going online and looking up some of the links, below.
First, you might want to attend OA meetings in your area. If you can't in person, they have online ones every three hours:
Start investigating into therapists who specialize in binge eating disorders in your area. Maybe your therapist you are seeing now doesn't specialize in it and doesn't know how to treat it. You might be able to get some good names of therapists through OA. Also investigate with any therapist whether medication like SSRIs that are good for EDs, combined with something like behavioral therapy, might work for your binge eating.
In the meantime, check out some of the articles on associated content. Reading these and then going to a meeting was what stopped me last night.
For some reason, CC adds an extra space between some of the letters in the links so that they don't work, like where it says "pa ge=4" in the one right below, it is supposed to say "page=4" and the one below, "...eliminating.html" If you correct it, it'll work.
Also, you might start structuring your meals by developing a meal plan where you eat good food every few hours, so that there's something to look forward to and you don't feel deprived. I know you've been eating more often but try eating MORE food more often. Like, 300-500 for main meals, and a few 100-200 cal snacks, one right before bed. Then plan a really great breakfast to look forward to first thing the next morning. That helps me.
At times when I have more control over my binge eating, i try to cut back on stuff that makes my food addiction worse, like white flour, wheat, caffeine, fats and refined carbohydrates like sugar. I think my bingeing is made way worse by my addictions to that stuff so I try to help myself by detoxing as much as I can from them.
Good luck, and feel better soon.
Only god has the strength to take the urge and end the cycle. We are not srong enough, just remember that. Ask God to give you strenth and hand the problem over to him, you will see in time that things will get easier, just have faith:)
I like food and I like to eat. For me I eat 7 times a day (three meals, four snacks) and I stay within my calorie allowance. This way I always have something to look forward to and I never really get hungry. I try not to eat carbs for dinner or later in the day. I eat sugar free jello, rice cakes, veggies, cottage cheese or yogurt for snacks.
last night i had 4 tacos, which would have been reasonable, but then i had some gummy candy and three vodka and diet cokes. not terrible but pretty bingy.
i don't have this problem, but what i suggest are jalapenos.
eat them til you can't stand the burn; 15 slices are only 5 calories and they make everything else you eat afterwards taste like crap. you'll probably have to drink several glasses of water, too, which will make you bloated.
Consider switching therapists.
You might need to shop on a daily basis and only buy enough of the foods that you're tempted to binge on for that day. Or only buy raw ingredients and don't cook enough to have left overs. This won't satisfy the mental component but it will make it harder to binge.
Keep low calorie foods around like pickles, air popped popcorn, edamame, etc.
I have the exact same problem. I just finished day 3 binge-free. My only advice would be what keeps me going. That is that each day will be easier to get through than the last. Each binge-free day will become easier. I think sunday I thought about going to the store to pick up a bag of chips or ordering a pizza about 50 times. Today I probably thought about bingeing on food about 10 times. Personally I get stuck in a pattern and comfort zone and the sooner you try to change things, the easier it will be. The goal for you and me would be to get out of a comort zone and admit that not bingeing is hard but do-able because its worth it.
I binged! i stood in front of the fridge and just picked and ate from various bowls of leftover foods. AFter eating two whole fistfuls of pistachios. An hour after supper. Oy. Eventually, i just said to myself "You're stuffing your emotions with food" and that helped me close the fridge door and just go and lie in bed and regret...
I find it helps to say out loud to myself, "You're just eating this because you're feeling anxious over such-a-thing" or "so-and-so"... it helps break the spell.
well this is very difficult and weve all done it. First of all throw away everything in your house that are trigger foods, (things you can't seem to eat just one of.) Also there is a supplement called 5 HTP it swears to ward off sugar cravings and improve mood, not sure how well it works but it's natural & worth a try. Not sure if your binges are sugary or fatty foods but I do know eating a little sugar can make you want more. Kind of like the same affect of salt.
I do know that you are twice as likely to binge when you sugar level drops, hence the reason to eat something every few hours. I tend to binge when I feel deprived or hungry. Try not to tell yourself that you can't have something because then you start to think about that food all the time, (pizza, chips, coke ...etc.) You have to train yourself to have one-two slices of pizza with your salad, 1-2 coke per week,..etc. No food is a bad food when eaten in moderation. Sometimes that helps me to get through my binging if I just tell myself I can have pizza this weekend and go for an extra long walk or order my fave chinese dish to split with a friend. Then eat it there and DONT take a to go box. I think everybody should have a high cal day once weekly. Just eating your maintenance cals are quite a bit when you are usually dieting.
Just take it one min at a time like an alcoholic would. Call someone, go for a walk, try on your bathing suit... IDK. Hope this helps a lil.
I never really ate unhealthy food... in fact the main reason I am so overweight was because I binged on them. When I feel the urge to start snacking or eating another meal (I used to binge on meals... have 3-4 'dinners') I start to drink ALOT of water! At first this was sooo hard, but it's been almost 3 weeks since I started my fight to ignore my demon's callings that I can hardly 'hear' it now. Apparently it takes 22 days to create/end a habit and as the days go by it gets easier and easier until the 22nd day comes and goes and you don't even realize you've changed! I've also set goals for stuff I really want and I can never get them if I don't lose the weight. I want a new handbag really bad...must earn it...cannot binge!
I had a weird day at work, so I ended up binging on dinner. That upset me cause I did so well for breakfast and lunch. However, today I am trying to resist those urges (since my emotional eating usually carries over for a couple of days). I drink as much water as I can, and keep a few low calorie things around that I know will satisfy me in case I do feel the need to munch. I tried the eating more fruits and veggie thing as well, and even though I have gotten better at it, I sometimes still need to keep a little something around for my sweet tooth. I also don't bring whole bags/cans of stuff anymore. I portion them out at home, and if I'm out, then I'm out.